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What is a city noise ordinance?

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A city noise ordinance is a law detailing local noise offenses that are generally punishable by a fine, according to Kinetics. The maximum allowable noise may be described in decibels or subjectively and may vary in residential, commercial and industrial areas during set hours.

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Ocean City, Maryland, for example, may fine people who disturb others with noise that can be heard 50 feet from the source from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m., states the city's website. This includes motor vehicles, which are in violation of the city and state noise ordinance if they can be heard at a distance of 50 feet at any time.

New York City's noise ordinance has guidelines for specific activities, such as outside music and various types of construction, according to the city's website.

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